Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline October 2013
Upcoming Events

The Abingdon Trials
October 5-6, 2013

Wind down the driving season with one last adventure!

The 2013 Abingdon Trials will be an endurance-style rally that will challenge your navigational skills. Surprise yourself as you discover new roads, test your mechanical skills, and make crucial decisions.

Teams are to be comprised of a driver, co-driver, and British car built before 1982. On the morning of the rally, teams will receive their checkpoints. The object is to navigate your own route to each checkpoint in the least amount of miles, using only paper maps. No GPS or smartphones allowed, only old-school skills. A mileage check run prior to the rally will determine each car's mileage offset calibration to allow for variances in odometer readings.

Teams will be given 24 hours to complete this task, which will be more than enough time to stop for rest periods and breaks. Mileage for this event will not exceed 800 miles. Dash plaques are provided to all participants and trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

A drivers meeting will commence at 6:30am in the parking lot of the Ramada Bolingbrook- 520 S Bolingbrook Dr, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440. I strongly recommend booking a room for at least Saturday night since you'll be finishing late. Also, plan to attend a pre-rally dinner on Friday night at a location TBA. Meet your friends and competitors and swap old rally stories.
Registration for this event is $25. Contact Mark Michalak for registration forms and additional info.

Rallymaster: Mark Michalak (773) 858-6968
Please visit the Abingdon Trial Facebook page at

~~ Mark Michalak

Kettle Moraine Art Studio Tour
October 11 and 12, 2013

Enjoy the scenic back roads of the Southern Kettle Moraine while visiting art studios in the area. Marvel at intricate wood carvings and sculpture, envy dramatic photographs and paintings, be amazed by creative jewelry and furniture. This will be the fourteenth year for the Studio Tour. Visit their web site:

We will arrive Friday afternoon and stay overnight at the Country Inn and Suites in East Troy, WI. (Dinner plans are in the works.) After the included hearty breakfast you will venture off, at a leisurely pace, to explore on your own. Later that afternoon we will regroup for a late lunch and refreshments. As an alternative, you could drive up Saturday morning. The studios open at 10 am.

A block of rooms has been reserved. 262-642-2100. Mention the Vintage MG Car Club. The rate is $89.00. The release date is 9/11/2013. The Inn is located just north of I-43 on State Road 120 (exit 36).

Get the cars out one last time before the snow flies. Please let me know that you will be joining us. I will need to keep you updated as plans progress. I also need a head count for Friday’s dinner.

Questions—Comments--Suggestions? Contact Ric at: Home: 847-205-0182; Cell: 224-588-6095

~~Ric and Nancy Maitzen

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